Election Of MMDCEs Taking Shape

Eric Kofi Dzakpasu

The move to make the positions of
Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) elective appears
to be gaining momentum.

This is because the Interparty
Advisory Committee (IPAC) has reached an agreement with stakeholders to hold
the District Level Elections and Referendum to amend Article 55 (3) on the same
day.

IPAC is also expected to announce the
timelines for the District Level Election and the Referendum and other related
activities in due course.

This was after the Electoral
Commission concluded a stakeholders meeting yesterday, February 6, 2019, under
the aegis of IPAC, with representatives of the various political parties,
development partners and a number of Civil Society Organizations as well as
senior members of the commission attending the meeting.

The Head of Communications of the EC,
Eric Kofi Dzakpasu, made the disclosure to the media in a press statement after
deliberations and discussions from the stakeholders meeting under the support
of Inter Party Advisory Committee (IPAC) meeting held on Wednesday, February 6.

He also stated that, “ahead of the
referendum, the EC has drafted a constitutional instrument to regulate the referendum.
This will be discussed with the AG’s Department and hopefully laid before this
session of parliament”.

Mr. Dzakpasu added that the
deliberations of the meeting were centered on issues pertaining to the 2018
referendum, the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-election, 2019 District Level
Election (DLE) and referendum, updates on Representation of the People
(Amendment) Act (ROPAA) and other matters which led to agreement and key
decision making.

Addressing the press, he mentioned
that, “ROPAA committee has convened its meetings beginning with the Greater
Accra Region of Ghana and is consulting a number of stakeholders including
political parties, civil society organizations, the clergy, and media amongst
others and will move to other regions”.   

The committee will later embark on
international consultations to collate views of Ghanaians abroad and to learn
from experiences of other electoral management bodies to present a
comprehensive report by the end of May 2019.

“The commission plans to develop a
committee to regulate the activities of political parties in this area,” he
added.

He reiterated that “the Commission
noted that a number of audited accounts received to date fall short of
international standards and entreated political parties who haven’t submitted
their account returns and audited accounts to do so by the 13th of
February this year”.

The commission through Mr Dzakpasu has called on political parties to address the issues of vigilante groups within their respective parties to avoid the occurrence of the unfortunate incident that took place at the Ayawaso West Wuogon Constituency by-elections in the future.P

BY Melvin Tarlue & Mohammed Brimah

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